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CNRP to boycott Party Law vote

Opposition acting president Kem Sokha walks out of the CNRP party office after a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

Controversial amendments to Cambodia’s Political Law are set to sail through the National Assembly today after the opposition party announced yesterday it will boycott the vote. The news comes in the wake of a joint statement from the Electoral Reform Alliance and a number of NGOs who on Friday “vehemently request[ed] that the amendment to the law on political parties not be adopted, especially by the ruling party acting alone at a time of upcoming elections”. The reforms, which threaten to dissolve political parties led by people with criminal convictions, prompted the resignation of long-time opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

Fearing arrest, CNRP activist flees

CNRP activist Oun Vansak, who fled the country rather than answer a Friday court summons, is seen outside CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh in an undated photo. Photo supplied

Oun Vansak, a 25-year-old Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) activist, has become the latest government critic to flee the country fearing arrest. Late last month, Vansak, manager of the I Love Cambodia Hot News II Facebook page, a site that is frequently critical of government policy, received a summons to court for questioning over a charge of “incitement to discriminate”. The summons singles out no individual post made by Vansak, pointing only to a 2013-16 timeframe during which numerous posts could theoretically qualify under the oft-nebulous charge of incitement.

Analyst Kim Sok arrested, jailed after showing up for questioning

Political analyst Kim Sok walks with Buddhist monks to the Phnom Penh municipal court on Friday where he was arrested for defamation and inciting unrest.

Political analyst Kim Sok was charged, arrested and placed in pre-trial detention on Friday afternoon after showing up for questioning at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, according to court spokesman Ly Sophana. Sok faces a pair of defamation and incitement cases filed by Prime Minister Hun Sen. The first came after statements the premier alleges suggest the ruling Cambodian People Party’s involvement in the July murder of political analyst Kem Ley. The second, ironically, came after Sok went on Radio Free Asia to explain his original statement.

At Blue Pumpkin, adapting to thrive

Eloi Courcoux, CEO of Meas Development Holding, speaks at the company’s office in Phnom Penh last week.

Blue Pumpkin, which began as a Siem Reap-based family business in 2000, has grown into one of the country’s most-recognised brands. The Post’s Matthieu de Gaudemar sat down with Eloi Courcoux, CEO of Meas Development Holding, which owns and operates the cafe and bakery chain, as well as other international franchises, to discuss the challenges of operating in a more crowded market. Q: What is the state of Cambodia’s food & beverage market? A: The market today is changing and the competition is fierce. There are many companies and many brands already operating here so we need to professionalise ourselves.

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